The City of Tampa will hold a construction update meeting for the Southeast Seminole Heights Flooding Relief Project Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Hillsborough High School Auditorium, 5000 North Central Avenue.
Each Seminole Heights neighborhood is affected by construction of this major stormwater conveyance project, so we invite you to hear an update on construction progress and challenges to-date, learn about future work, get answer to your questions and discuss concerns with the project team.
Parking for the event is in the school’s Central Avenue lot next to the stadium. Signs will direct attendees to the auditorium.
Crews have been installing 72-inch stormwater pipe on East Caracas Street to direct water from Southeast Seminole Heights underneath I-275 toward the outfall at the Hillsborough River. This portion of work is going slower than expected due to the depth of excavation and narrow construction zone.
Approximately 140 feet of 72-inch storm pipe and two stormwater inlets still need to be installed along East Caracas Street. At the current installation pace, this work should take approximately three to four weeks to complete.
Afterward, crews will check the alignment of the adjacent water main and make any necessary adjustments, which will take approximately one to two weeks to complete. Roadway restoration on Caracas is planned to begin mid- to late October, and the first lift of asphalt should be installed within four weeks.
Florida Avenue will remain closed through Oct. 7 as crews work to install stormwater infrastructure and replace a 12-inch water main between West Crest and East Frierson avenues. Nelson Construction understands the road closure has been difficult for businesses, their patrons and residents, and is working as quickly as safety and weather allow to complete this work. Remaining work includes installing curb inlets, installing and testing the new water line to ensure water quality, rebuilding and repaving the road.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 19, La Segunda Bakery and Ready 2 Go Motors are accessible from the south side of the closure, via Osborne Avenue, northbound on Florida Avenue to West Crest Avenue.
Spaddy’s Coffee, Vintage Post, Velvet Gypsy and Chocolate Pi are still accessible via southbound Florida Avenue from Hillsborough Avenue. Forever Beautiful Salon is accessible via Suwanee and Frierson avenues. Flaggers are on site to help motorists access businesses and navigate the construction site.
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